DAR flag presentation

Maradell Elizabeth Binko Lafrance, center, was celebrated recently at Oro Fino Chapter DAR with a 95th birthday party and presented with a U.S. flag flown over the nation’s Capitol in her honor as a World War II Homefront nurse. Oro Fino DAR Secretary Veronica Bovee Anderson, left, is the granddaughter of Lafrance. Jane Lee Hamman, right, is DAR Montana State Regent.

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Early Memorial Day observance Friday 

Memorial Day has special significance to those who have served or have family members currently serving in the military, and that will be the focus of Touchmark’s Memorial Day observance on Friday, May 26, at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend at 915 Saddle Drive. 

As it has done for several years, Touchmark is lining the drive leading to the retirement community with small flags placed in recognition of family and friends who have served or are serving our country. Individuals may donate $5 or more per flag; all the money is donated to the Military Museum at Fort Harrison.  

This year’s keynote speaker is First Sergeant Amanda Sell, currently serving as the first female first sergeant in an Infantry Company in the Montana National Guard. 

A Helena native, Sell has served in the Montana National Guard since 1990. As a flight medic, she served in the 1022 Medical Company Air Ambulance for 12 years. During that time she was part of several home missions as well as being deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. 


Helena Citizens’ Council election

Candidates for the Helena Citizens’ Council must file to run by June 19, 2017. Council members will be elected in November for the 2018-2019 term. Helena residents who are willing to engage and represent citizens in their district and work with other representatives to advise the Helena City Commission are encouraged to file a petition with the Lewis & Clark County Elections Department, call 447-8339.

Visit HelenaCitizensCouncil.com to learn more about the Helena Citizens’ Council.


The City of Helena board openings

Business Improvement District/Helena Parking Commission: One citizen to serve on the Business Improvement District/Helena Parking Commission. Applicants must be the owner of property within the BID District or be the owner’s personal representative, agent or guardian. The term will begin upon appointment and expire Oct. 31, 2020.

Helena Housing Authority: One citizen to serve on the Helena Housing Authority Board. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and expire Aug. 1, 2021. This non-profit organization manages and sets policy for all public housing in Helena. The Housing Authority Board consists of five housing commissioners and two tenant representatives.

Helena Open Lands Management Advisory Committee: One citizen to serve on HOLMAC. The term will begin on appointment and expire June 30, 2019. Members of HOLMAC shall perform various functions for the city related to the management of the open space properties.

Zoning Commission: One city resident to serve as the alternate member on the Zoning Commission. The un-expired term begin upon appointment and expire Sept. 30, 2019. The Zoning Commission shall perform zoning functions for the city and shall be the sole Zoning Commission for the City of Helena.

Non-Motorized Travel Advisory Council:Four residents of the City of Helena to serve on NMTAC. The unexpired terms will begin upon appointment and expire March 31, 2017, March 31, 2018, and March 31, 2019. The full term appointment will begin upon appointment and expire March 31, 2020. Interested persons should have knowledge, expertise and interest in promoting non-motorized transportation. The general purpose of the council is to advise and make recommendations the City Commission regarding matters related to non-motorized travel and traffic calming, including the impact Commission actions may have upon bicycling, walking, and traffic calming.

Public Art Committee: Four citizens to serve on the Pubic Art Committee. The term will begin upon appointment with two expiring on December 31, 2018 and two expiring Dec. 31, 2019. The Public Art Committee assists in promoting the concept of community awareness of and involvement in providing public art in Helena. 

Applications are available at www.helenamt.gov /commission/boards and committees, requested by emailing dhavens@helenamt.gov or by calling 447-8410 and can be submitted electronically or mailed to the City Clerk’s Office, 316 N. Park Ave., Room 323, Helena, MT 59623. The deadline for all board applications is 4 p.m., Thursday, June 1, 2017.


Scholarship winners announced

The Helena Music Teachers Association would like to acknowledge the following private music students and their teachers for their winning performances that earned them a combined total of over $2,000 to use in pursuit of their music education.

These performers were critiqued by Master Teachers, and awarded top points in their age categories, with 25 points being a perfect score: Receiving 24 points, Kennedy Black, freshman piano student of Florence Funk received $500 to attend the U of M Piano Camp this summer; 22 points, Naomi Mulgrew, freshman violin student of Mary Lou Weddle, received $400 to attend the String Camp at Red Lodge; 21 points, Jenalyn Slead, seventh grader, violin student of Mary Lou Weddle, received $125 to attend Helena’s Last Chance Music Camp; 21 points, McKenna Hanson, senior voice student of Dodie Walsh, received $400 to attend U of M in the fall as a vocal performance major; and also receiving 21 points, Rebecca Speranza, college sophomore, former woodwind student of Boyce Fowler, received the $600 Margie Fowler College Scholarship that is awarded to one college student of merit. Margie taught voice and piano in Helena for many years and many of her students went on to college as music students. 

Students honored at meeting

A number of students were recognized recently at the May Helena Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting.

Harrison Award 2017:The Harrison Award is a targeted conation to HEF in memory of Ethel Harrison by her daughter, Lee Harrison, who selected the award’s purpose in order to focus the community’s attention on the importance of good writing skills. All Helena Public School students in grades 9-12 are eligible and entries include both creative and expository submissions. The winners are selected by a panel of community volunteers, many of whom are professional writers. The Harrison Award includes a prize of $250/student and the publication of each winning submission in the Pen & Ink magazine. This year the Harrison Award winners are:

Capital High:Collection of Poems -- Abby Stiffler;We Marched -- Mariah Thomas; The Truth Behind the Text -- Francie Tupper; Collection of Poems -- Arynn Cummings.

2017 HOSA Spring Leadership Conference:The Leadership Conference took place in Helena at the Radisson Hotel. Nearly 400 students from around the state attended the event. In the months prior to the conference, students spent countless hours preparing for competitive and leadership events related to their career interests. Several universities and colleges from around the state also had representatives at the conference in order to recruit some of Montana’s highest performing health science students. The conference provides students with the opportunity to showcase their skills, make connections, and further their journey as future health professionals.

Capital High School: Kyer Frederick: Montana HOSA state vice president; Caleb Noble: gold in Pharmacology, gold in Biomedical Lab Science; Jamie Seney: gold in Medical Law and Ethics; Francie Tupper: gold in Extemporaneous Writing; Ethan McKay: gold in Dental Assisting.

Helena High School: Darby Winfield: gold in Sports Medicine. In this event, Darby took a written test and performed a range of motion test and a preventative taping technique. Darby is a senior who will be attending MSU next fall. She is a two-year member of HOSA. She holds a 3.87 GPA while taking several honors, AP, and college credit courses. Alex Fasbender and Sealy Raymond: gold in Career Health Display, which is a research project where the they studied the oncology field. Alex and Sealy are sophomores that are in the Biomedical Pathway. This is their first year in HOSA. 

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Skills USA:This national student organization that celebrates students that work and train in CTE (Career & Technical Education) areas. Skills, formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) and is still widely recognized as that by many. The Skills USA clubs are more than 350,000 members strong throughout the U.S. Skills USA promotes training and educating students to be skilled, workforce ready, individuals that will be highly sought after in today’s ever changing trades and industry job market. In Montana, there are 35 different chapters with over 540 members. Students attend chapter meetings, and perform varieties of community services and fundraising projects throughout the school year. Funds raised by the Helena High Chapter go toward expenses associated with attending regional and state competitions. The annual State Conference is held in Havre on the Montana State University Northern campus. Students compete in two types of competitions: Skill-based competitions, such as welding, carpentry, and automotive diagnosis; and leadership-based competitions such as job interviews, extemporaneous speaking, and job skill demonstration. At the recent state competition, there were over 350 contestants qualified to compete in their respective areas.

Helena High: Robert Worthy – 1st place Carpentry

Capital High: Justin Baertsch 1st place Combination Welding; Zach White 1st place Technical Drafting; and Jack Trefzger 1st place CNC Milling


Jordan Petersen, of Helena, has graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Petersen was also a member of Kappa Gamma Pi.


Magdalyn Rauser, of Toston, has been named to Dickinson State University's dean's list for the 2017 spring semester. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time and must earn a 3.5 GPA or higher.


Sonja Sponholz, of Helena, has graduated Magna Cum Laude from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in music business. Magna Cum Laude graduates must earn a GPA between 3.75 and 3.949 throughout their college career. She has been accepted to the MBA program at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.


U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody D. McCormick graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

McCormick completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

McCormick is the son of Kristy and Dan McCormick of Helena and is a 2014 graduate of Capital High School.



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